Representative Kathleen Dillingham

Representative Kathleen Dillingham I represent House District 72 which is comprised of the Oxford County towns of Otisfield & Oxford and the Androscoggin County town of Mechanic Falls.

Today Governor Mills has announced a change to her phased-in plan.  Please see the attached information and don't hesita...
05/08/2020

Today Governor Mills has announced a change to her phased-in plan. Please see the attached information and don't hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Just wonderful!!
05/08/2020

Just wonderful!!

Last week, New Balance wanted to show their appreciation to the care team at Stephens Memorial Hospital for their dedication to the community during this unprecedented health crisis by donating a FREE pair of sneakers to team members!

Thank you SO MUCH to New Balance for putting a bounce in all our steps! #wegotnow

The Lost Gull
05/08/2020

The Lost Gull

Here is the menu (2 pictures) for those looking for it. Call your order in at 207-539-8669. Curb side available!

Maine high school to hold graduation at drive-in
05/07/2020
Maine high school to hold graduation at drive-in

Maine high school to hold graduation at drive-in

SOUTH PARIS (WGME) – Officials at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris say graduation will be held on June 21 at the Bridgton Twin Drive-In in Bridgton. “We are so excited to celebrate our seniors this year! ” school officials said in a Facebook post. Maine man wit...

05/04/2020
Mechanic Falls Public Library

Mechanic Falls Public Library

Mechanic Falls Public Library will be offering curbside pickups Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm. To request a book from our collection, please go the the ResourceMate link: 17016.rmwebopac.com, choose a book or 2 or more and add the books to the book bin. When you are finished, insert your name on the request line and email your choices to the library at [email protected]. Requests must be completed by Thursday. Any questions, call me at 207-345-9450 or email me at the library. I will have the books checked out, labeled and ready for pickup at the parking lot level Saturday morning. To return books, please bring them back to the library in plastic bags.
The books need to be quarantined for 72 hours before they can be checked out again. Thank you!

My latest E-Newsletter:
05/04/2020
Weekly ENews

My latest E-Newsletter:

Since the emergence of COVID-19, most vacation travel has come to a halt, with countless cancellations of flights, cruises, lodging, and other travel related arrangements. Most would-be travelers during this time have found that the travel insurance they may have purchased in advance does not cover....

Otisfield will now have Rapid RenewalRapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with m...
05/02/2020
Otisfield, Bridgewater, Penobscot join Rapid Renewal Service

Otisfield will now have Rapid Renewal
Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one seamless online transaction. Rapid Renewal has gained national acclaim and Mainers have enthusiastically embraced it. While municipal participation in Rapid Renewal is optional, the service has now grown to 278 municipalities and has seen more than 1,947,275 transactions processed to date.

Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski, 207-626-8404

05/02/2020
Young's Greenhouse is Open

Young's Greenhouse is Open

Come take a walk around our spacious grounds. We have a huge selection of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable seedlings, herbs, shrubs and more.

Town of Mechanic Falls, Maine
05/01/2020

Town of Mechanic Falls, Maine

Beginning Monday May 4th the Clerk's window will be open 8am-noon to limited traffic. Only 1 person will be in the building at a time to limit exposure and allow staff to sanitize between visitors. Just ring the bell in front of the door and we will buzz you in once the window becomes availible.

We still ask that if you are able to conduct business remotely to use that option so we can offer this time to service people without such capabilities, or who have a need that can only be serviced in person.

Be safe and be well.

Wonderful way to recognize the Class of 2020 at Poland Regional High School!
05/01/2020

Wonderful way to recognize the Class of 2020 at Poland Regional High School!

Oxford, Otisfield & Mechanic Falls Residents: The Governor has extended the Stay at Home Order through May 31st… and I’d...
04/30/2020
Let's Get Maine Open for Business!

Oxford, Otisfield & Mechanic Falls Residents:
The Governor has extended the Stay at Home Order through May 31st… and I’d like to hear what you think. Complete this survey to share your comments, concerns and suggestions.

House Republicans are committed to seeing Maine safely open for business once again. Don't hesitate to reach out to your State Representative directly using the House Republican Constituent Line: (207) 287-1440.

Daddy O's
04/29/2020

Daddy O's

The Governor has spoken and it looks like we're in for another month of takeout only. Lots of people have asked how we're doing, how we're going to handle this issue, how this issue has impacted us, etc. So we thought we would invite everyone to join us for our first ever Facebook Live "Coffee Talk". Join us tomorrow at 3pm right here live! We're going to talk about anything you want too! We'll read your questions and answer them live! Pass the word and share away! Hope to "see" you tomorrow!

The Governor has extended the Stay at Home Order through May 31st while amending her plan for which businesses may be op...
04/29/2020

The Governor has extended the Stay at Home Order through May 31st while amending her plan for which businesses may be open. You can find her plan at the following link,
https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/news/governor-mills-presents-safe-gradual-plan-restart-maines-economy-2020-04-28?fbclid=IwAR3wXL_q3TdjBEw7XPKBYntGqNTv-H0-l4wfomdrWIkv0T6F9fxP_TA-qHw
Many have already reached out to me to share their thoughts and concerns. I encourage anyone that wants to express their opinion, positive or negative, to contact me. I can be reached via social media or at [email protected].

04/29/2020
Town of Mechanic Falls, Maine

Town of Mechanic Falls, Maine

The Mechanic Falls Town Council will hold their next regular meeting on Monday May 4th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. The agenda packet and meeting ID are attached.

The Lost Gull
04/29/2020

The Lost Gull

We would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have supported us through the Covid pandemic. That being said with hopes of keeping everybody safe during the pandemic, we have adopted social distancing protocols. We have placed our menus outside, we hope to get back to normal soon but for now we all have to do our part. Our current hours of operation are Wednesday - Sunday, open at 11 each day! Be safe everyone!

The Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) at 8 a.m. F...
04/28/2020

The Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) at 8 a.m. Friday, May 1. People whose claim does not require further review should begin receiving benefits within seven days of filing— Information that claimants will need in order to apply is now on our website: www.maine.gov/unemployment/pua

Congratulations!
04/28/2020

Congratulations!

ALL-MAINE ACADEMIC TEAM SCHOLARS AT CMCC
Today we salute the four CMCC students who are among the twenty Maine community college students named to the 2020 All-Maine Academic Team. They were selected in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service.

The CMCC students receiving the award, which includes a $500 scholarship from the MCCS Board of Trustees, are Joshua Gagnon of Poland; Kate McPherson of Litchfield; Steven Ouellette of Auburn; and Leon Twitchell of Bryant Pond.

Joshua has been a high honors student in the Precision Machining Technology program. An Air Force veteran, Joshua is considered the “go-to person” for the younger students in the program who need help. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Joshua plans to graduate in May.

Kate has earned President’s Honors as a student in the Computer Technology program. She is president of the CMCC chapter of PTK, which under her leadership achieved five-star status. Kate has also been selected as a semi-finalist for the PTK All-USA Academic Team scholarship. Kate plans on attending UMA to continue her education in technology.

Steve has earned high honors in General Studies and plans to transfer to UMaine Orono to study mechanical engineering (his dream job is to design cars). Very active in campus activities, Steve is PTK treasurer and has been involved in everything from fundraisers to Red Cross blood drives to “Escape Room” outings!

Returning to school at 53 can seem a little scary, but all Leon has done is consistently earn President’s Honors in the Building Construction Technology program. The recipient of the Roland “Doc” Hannaford Scholarship last fall, Leon expects to begin theology studies for a bi-vocational ministry, serving with both his hands and providing spiritual leadership.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

I'd like to give a shout out to a wonderful little bakery in Oxford that is owned and operated by an amazing woman with ...
04/27/2020

I'd like to give a shout out to a wonderful little bakery in Oxford that is owned and operated by an amazing woman with the support of her husband and children. Nikki Jackson Pierce is the talent behind Bernadette's Bakery. She has teamed up with area businesses to help support them in their time of need. She does so by highlighting them through her business and offering an opportunity to receive one of her delicious crisis cakes to those that support the business. This week it's Daddy O's in Oxford. See her message below with directions on how to win a cake.

Because helping a neighbor is what this is all about... I am teaming up with DaddyO’s in Oxford!

I will be giving away one crisis cake every day this week until Sunday!
What does it take to get in on this little drawing?

Snap me a pic of your food and if you happen to get DaddyO’s sign in the background, well even better! Post it to this post, send it to me in messenger or text it to 207.461.4919 with your name and address.
I’ll keep the names in the running all week so you’ll have a chance or two, if you get an early week order!
C’mon Bernadette’s loyal customers... lets share some sweet love!
Message me with any questions.
Let Aaron, Amanda, and a handful of their staff make you some breakfast or lunch this week.
You won’t be disappointed and if you show me your food, then you might just win a crisis cake!
I’m so thankful for my customers. I appreciate you all... let’s spread the love ♥️

My latest E-Newsletter is now available. Coronavirus Auto Insurance Discounts, Nearly $11 Mil. in Federal Support to Ess...
04/27/2020
Weekly ENews

My latest E-Newsletter is now available. Coronavirus Auto Insurance Discounts, Nearly $11 Mil. in Federal Support to Essential Workers & Child Care Providers & more!

Most of the major auto insurance carriers have announced “payback” plans for customers who are sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are no longer driving to and from work. Some of the relief programs mentioned below apply only to personal auto insurance policies.

Congratulations!
04/27/2020

Congratulations!

We would like to take a moment to introduce and welcome our newest officer, Officer Bridgette Letarte. Bridgette is Mechanic Falls Police Departments first female officer! Officer Letarte has passed all testing and started her training today! Welcome officer Letarte!

Ricky Dee's Ice Cream
04/25/2020

Ricky Dee's Ice Cream

WE WILL BE OPENING FRIDAY MAY 1st!!!
OPEN DAILY 12 to 8.

We have navigated through all of the necessary requirements in order to serve you as safely and efficiently as possible. Please bear with us on the following safety measures that we have put in place:

1. We have plexi glass shields in place at the order and pick up windows along with a speaker system so that we can hear your orders perfectly.

2. In order to eliminate any hand to hand contact you may pick up your order after it has been set down on the counter and of course this means that cones (both hard and soft serve) will be tipped upside down in dishes.

3. Most importantly, we ask that you please respect the other customers in line by maintaining the six feet apart ruling.

We will also be happy to take your orders over the phone and deliver curbside so that we can accommodate anyone with special needs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to serving you!!

Maine Equal Justice
04/24/2020

Maine Equal Justice

🚨NEW RESOURCES on General Assistance (GA)! GA can help with basic necessities like rent, food, and medicine when people cannot afford to pay for them. Many people don't know about GA, but it's an important program for these times.

➡️ NEW video explaining GA during COVID-19: https://www.videoask.com/fzolxjcmv (Send us a response or question directly from the video link!)

➡️ NEW "GA basics" resource to help more people understand how it works and troubleshoot problems:https://maineequaljustice.org/site/assets/files/2019/client_ed_-_ga_basics_041320.pdf

➡️ MORE GA help is on our COVID-19 page: https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/general-assistance/

04/23/2020
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Spring stocking is underway! View the report: bit.ly/mestockingreport

Before you go fishing, please remember to:
Fish close to home
Be safe and prepared - always wear a life jacket
Don't share equipment
Follow CDC guidelines on social distancing
Don't carpool with non-household members
Let someone know where you are going, and when you expect to return

If you are exhibiting symptoms or have recently been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home.

Community cancellations
04/23/2020
Community cancellations

Community cancellations

Historical society cancels photography contest MECHANIC FALLLS — Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Mechanic Falls Historical Society has cancelled its second annual photography contest for this year.   New Gloucester Historical Society cancellations NEW GLOUCESTER — In light of the uncertain t...

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
04/22/2020

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

UPDATE TO MAINE’S 2020 SPRING TURKEY HUNT:

In order to provide more opportunity for both youth and adult turkey hunters and abide by current executive orders, Commissioner Judy Camuso with the support of Governor Janet Mills, will open the turkey season early, providing hunters with additional days to hunt this spring season, and will also suspend the requirement to register your harvested turkey.

Learn more: bit.ly/3aye24o

My latest e-newsletter is now available:
04/21/2020
Weekly ENews

My latest e-newsletter is now available:

Veterans who receive Compensation and Pension benefit payments will automatically receive their rebate check (“economic impact payment” or “EIP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will not be required to file a tax return.

Maine House Republicans
04/20/2020

Maine House Republicans

Patriots' Day was first proclaimed in Massachusetts in 1894 to commemorate the date of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the larger Battle of Menotomy in 1775. Maine followed Massachusetts in 1907.

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. The battles were fought on April 19, 1775 within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge. They marked the outbreak of armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in America.

The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. Eight militiamen were killed, including Ensign Robert Munroe, their third in command. The British suffered only one casualty. The militia were outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they broke apart into companies to search for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 400 militiamen engaged 100 regulars from three companies of the King's troops at about 11:00 am, resulting in casualties on both sides. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the bridge and rejoined the main body of British forces in Concord.

The British forces began their return march to Boston after completing their search for military supplies, and more militiamen continued to arrive from neighboring towns. Gunfire erupted again between the two sides and continued throughout the day as the regulars marched back towards Boston.

The combined force of about 1,700 men marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown. The accumulated militias then blockaded the narrow land accesses to Charlestown and Boston, starting the Siege of Boston.

Ralph Waldo Emerson describes the first shot fired by the Patriots at the North Bridge in his "Concord Hymn" as the "shot heard round the world."

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Representative Kathleen Dillingham of Oxford was elected House Republican Leader by her colleagues at the beginning of her third term in November of 2018. Since 2014, she has represented the residents of House District 72, which includes the towns of Mechanic Falls, Otisfield, and Oxford.

Representative Dillingham serves as a member of the Government Oversight Committee, charged with overseeing program evaluation, accountability within state government, and ensuring that public funds are expended for intended purposes. As a member of Legislative Leadership, Representative Dillingham serves on the Personnel Committee and Facilities Committee. Representative Dillingham also serves on the House Rules Committee, the Maine-Canadian Legislative Advisory Commission, and Citizen Trade Policy Commission. These committee assignments build on her previous experience serving two terms on the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs.

Currently, she is a member of the East Oxford Cemetery Association, the Oxford County Fair Association, and the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, Representative Dillingham has served as a member of the Norway/Paris Kiwanis Club, the chair of the Oxford Budget Committee, a member of the Oxford Appeals Board, Girl Scout Leader, Boosters Youth Basketball Coach, and a member of the MSAD 17 School Board.

Kathleen began working in the Maine Legislature in 2001 as an administrative assistant and quickly moved through the ranks to serve as a Legislative Aide to House Leadership. Her humble beginnings at the State House guide her inclusive, results-driven approach to solving problems for her constituents and the people of Maine.

Her introduction to politics, however, didn’t start in Augusta. Her father served as a Selectman and Representative from Oxford. Her uncle Philip Jackson served in the Maine House and Senate. Her uncle Caldwell Jackson served as an Oxford County Commissioner and Selectman. One of her aunts managed the Blaine House through four Governors and another aunt served as a District Representative for former U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe.

Representative Dillingham takes pride in being the first Hispanic Republican Legislative Leader in Maine. Her father met her mother in Puerto Rico while he was stationed there in the Army. The youngest of three children, Representative Dillingham spent time living in different places in the United States and Europe, before settling back in the Oxford Hills area when her father returned to finish his military career.

She continues to work with her Father, aunts, and uncles on the family farm. Representative Dillingham is also completing a degree in Public Administration.

Legislative Office: 207-287-1440 Email: [email protected]

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RepKatheenDillingham

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Representative Dillingham, As you know the state of Maine is basically shut down for the unforeseeable future. We will loose at the very least a whole year of tourism (and every job that supports tourism) income under the current plan. As the Ranking Member of the Government Oversight Committee what is your plan? How will the Mainers from your district recover? I ask again what is your plan? With no plan the only outcome to expect is failure. When will the legislature reconvene to deal with budgets and a plan forward? Obviously the State needs to re-do its budget and figure in these new challenges. I ask again what is the plan? Plainly your constituents are watching and want to know. From the general public's viewpoint our elected officials are basically taking a back seat and are not involved in the leadership of this state. Is there still a legislature, do they still represent the residents who voted them into office? We have an elected body of officials to bring the voices of the Maine people to Augusta. Without hearing from those officials or those officials not representing their constituents, even in a time like this, what is the point? To be clear and on point the numbers do not back up or justify the actions of this Governor. So I am once again asking what is your plan? Please do not remain silent.
Thanks again for spreading the word on what towns are doing for the good of the Tax payers!!! Thank You!!!
Ma'am, I don't know what games you're playing at but you need to pull your head out of your third point of contact and stop. Mainer's DO NOT want this CMP Corridor ripping thru our State. If Massachusetts was clean hydro-power energy then let them buy from Maine hydro dams. Do NOT be a sell out!!!
Say NO to CMP! Do not destroy the land for greed. Maine has our own hydro dams open them back up and use hydro power.
I am a new to the beautiful state of Maine. I moved here to escape cooperate greed and political strong arming which took over my previous state of residence. I am extremely disappointed with legislative support being shown for the CMP Corridor! My experience with the scenario of “lowered energy costs and low environmental impact” when selling power between states, only cost tax payers money in the long run from loss of tax base as well as numerous unexpected environmental issues ! I encourage you to vote “NO” in the upcoming weeks. This will maintain your integrity as an elected official to preserve “Maine The Way Life Should Be” !
Please do not vote for the corridor. You will be wrecking a historic area. For years folks have traveled from around the world to experience the Great North woods. This will just be the start of the destruction of this area. The yearly spraying to kill the foilage will pollute the streams killing aquatic life as well as fish. Pollutants running downstream Will kill who knows what. People who live in this area depend on returning Tourists and sporting folks.Hunters and. Fisherman to Make there living. Should these people have to have their lives wrecked for a power line to benefit another state? Once this is built there is no turning back. Once the damage is done it can't Be undone. Maine should not have to give up it's heritage or loose it's woods and waters for something that will have no long term benefit to this state. Please help our state and vote no. No matter what OUR governor thinks please think of the life's you will change. Thank you Horace Worcester
What in the world is going on in Augusta? It is like Mills is hell bent on bankrupting the state will pissing of the working Mainers. Her egregious pandering to non resident welfare, expanding Medicare to non conforming removing the requirement to work for welfare on and on and on! The corridor that was crammed down our throats. Where is the opposition to her irresponsible leadership!!’
No CMP corridor!!!